Todd McShay from Scouts Inc. has released his first mock draft of the 2012 NFL Draft season and there should be no surprise about the direction he thinks the Kansas City Chiefs should head. Watch any offensive possession from the Chiefs this season and it’s clear the offensive line needs to be revamped.
12. Kansas City Chiefs
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Barry Richardson will be a free agent after this season and Branden Albert might be a better fit at guard, so Martin would be a good fit here. The Chiefs need to solidify their offensive line, and Martin projects as a very good right tackle given his run-blocking prowess.
The Chiefs spot in the first round is obviously still fluid, but no matter where they are, Martin would be a great pickup. I don’t agree with McShay that Albert should move to guard or that Richardson’s tenure with Kansas City is strictly linked to his contract status, but Martin is the perfect fit.
Albert has all the tools needed to stay at left tackle, but Richardson is the worst starting right tackle in all of the NFL and needs to be replaced. I’d love to think the Chiefs will finally open up the checkbook and sign the best available tackle on the market, but Clark Hunt has yet to show he’s willing to spend big in free agency. That makes Martin to the Chiefs a realistic option.